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Monday, November 30, 2009

Are minarets incompatible with democracy, secularism and capitalism? Lets boycott something...

The recent ban on minarets approved by majority of voters in Swiss has generated quite a lot of waves in the Muslim world. Alhamdulillah, it is a good opportunity to have a picture of the Islamic ummah and its united stance on various issues affecting our Ummah. This note is an attempt to keep ourselves reminded that there is a bigger, deeper problem. We should make sure we channel our energies towards eliminating the root cause of our miseries and not be distracted and content by boycotting a bunch of products in personal lives. This note does not discourage anyone from boycotting the products, albeit it does not see the personal boycotts as a solution for the ever increasing problems of the Ummah.

It is an observation that our boycotts and our protests are selectively against some oppressors while we are in a conflict-of-interest situation when it comes to the leaders directly involved in the killings of our people. The Danish still continue to be anti-Islamic and still continue to flame the fire of hatred and racism, the only thing is we quickly get bored and distracted from an issue by taking these skin deep measures and get a sense of action on our parts, while solving nothing,.

The root of the issue is, the incompatibility of Islam and their systems. They are ready to acknowledge this fact, while we are always ready to try and somehow mold Islam to seem compatible but, always failed. When they said, they are against the Islamic shariah, political and economic system- they are right- Islam is unique and completely different from them and cannot be made compatible unless except by ignoring parts of the Quran.

This is a lesson for the Muslims and a reminder of the warning from Allah that.."The Jews and the Christians will never be happy with you! Therefore, do not seek what pleases or appeases them, and stick to what pleases Allah by calling them to the truth that Allah sent you with.' Allah's statement" 2:120.

It is the economic boycott by our rulers as a nation which can bring other nations on their knees. Presently our rulers are busy boycotting Islam while some others are busy trying to please the Jews and Christian leaders by donning the 'moderate-Muslim attire' expecting them to be kind or helpful to the Muslims(?) inspite of the warning from Allah that it is not going to happen.

Our reactions should be proportional to the magnitude of the event and based on Quran and Sunnah to try and eliminate the roots of this evil system. Islam is not represented by minarets and domes, but by the implementation of the Quran, which has already been eliminated from our lands. The Islamic system is the soul of our society, if it is not restored we are just dead bodies trying to fight a live enemy. Issue after issue after issue every few weeks distracting our minds from the root causes of our problems.

I will only take this opportunity to bring to people's attention that we as an Ummah need to unite and defend the complete deen of Allah and voice our opinion in favor of establishment of the Shariah which is what scares the kuffar. The Shariah is the only just and balanced system designed by Allah Himself and there is nothing else allowed for Muslims to be ruled by, except the Shariah. As long as we keep protesting selected issues and compromise on the deen when we speak to the other kuffar leaders (like Obama) and try to mold Islam into come kind of cocktail which tastes good for all- the way Christians did to their religion, make it passive and meaningless to real life political, economic and social policies; until then we are not worthy of Allah's mercy by choosing to compromise. by ignoring His commandments

Join the boycott if you must, but please also join the global Muslim struggle for the restoration of the Islamic Imamah/ Islamic Khilafah in our lands. An army without a commander is just a bunch of people, whereas an army with a commander is a massive force with a focus, direction and resources. Islam has laid out clear principles of engaging with the kuffar and a very clear system which is mandatory for the Muslims to establish to bring peace, justice and the deen to our lands and this world at large. The kuffar are aware that our system is different from their system, they hate it because our system can eliminate all the evil webs woven by their corrupt oppressors. It is time, we acknowledge this simple fact and work towards the re-establishment of Allah's deen in our lands. Prophet Mohammed said: "The Imam is a shield, behind whom you fight and you protect yourself with...". (Sahih Al-Bukhari. Vol.1, Bk.4, No.830 & Sahih Al-Bukhari. Vol.4, Bk.52, No.204.)

We need our shield back! May Allah guide us to adopt His complete deen and grant us victory over the kuffar and the kafir systems plaguing our lands.

Allahu Alim, Ameen.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Apologetics rush to apologize and condemn with no evidence

Alhamdulillah, all praise be unto Allah Who has created us and guided us to the truth of Islam. Islam is a unique religion and ideology, in one hadith the prophet of Allah (SAWS) is reported to have been said, "The Muslim Ummah is a unique Ummah among the whole of mankind: Their Land is ONE, their War is ONE, their Peace is ONE, their Honor is ONE and their Trust is ONE." (Ahmed). Allah says in the Noble Quran, "And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh (i.e. this Qur'ân), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided....And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment." Quran 3:103, 105.

Inspite of the reminders from Allah and His messenger today we find ourselves in a serious position of conflict of interest with regards to the place we live in and the deen we claim to follow. The kuffar have made it clear when one of the former presidents of a nation had said, "You're either with us, or you're with them". It cannot get simpler than that, the Muslims are being asked to make a choice and Allah has clearly mentioned in His final revelation, "Enter into the fold of Islam completely, and follow not the footsteps of the Shaytan." [Qur'an Al-Baqarah:208] and also when He says,
"Do you believe in a part of the Book and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except humiliation in this life, and on the Day of Resurrection, they will be consigned to the most grievous torment !" [Qur'an Al-Baqarah:85]

The Muslims living in most of the countries face this challenge on a daily basis, irrespective of whether they are in a western kafir country or a Muslim secularized nation. Different Muslims choose a different way to resolve this conflict of interest. Various books have been written by Muslims and NonMuslims alike about how Islam is 'compatible' with western kufr concepts like democracy and secularism, liberalism and capitalism, etc. A detailed study with Islamic sources of ruling shows that these concepts are not only alien to Islam, they are infact nullification of Islam and completely kufr ideas from the deen of kafirs and cannot be accomodated in the fold of Islam. This article does not attempt to analyze how the kuffar attempt to filter and guide our organizations on their agenda. But, they have succeeded in putting the self-appointed Muslim leaders in a defensive apologetic position, always ready to apologize for something which is not even investigated.

A recent tragic incident in the US and the alleged article by a famous Islamic scholar condoning the killing of several US soldiers by a Muslim US military officer are all around the news world. Muslim organizations and scholars all around the world have taken no time in apologizing and condemning the Islamic scholar who is supposed to have encouraged the killing of US soldiers. The president of the US has warned the general public from jumping to conclusions because no investigation has been done yet and the actual cause or motive of the incident has not been confirmed. Regardless of the lack of information and evidence, once again the Muslim organizations have shown their apologetic attitude by quickly condemning the incident and the renowned scholar who has allegedly written in support. I cannot give an opinion by either condemning or condoning anyone without having the knowledge of the reality and facts. I only like to point out a few concerns regarding the issue:

1) The kuffar themselves do not have the full information yet to confirm the motive or details of the incident. How come Muslims already take the blame and start apologizing even before being put to trial?

2) Allah says in the noble Quran, "O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done. " 49:6 and further He says, "And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). " 17:36. Most of the Muslims are reacting to an event of which they have no knowledge nor understanding about. Based on CNN? BBC? Fox? Allah, has warned us from jumping to conclusions in the verse quoted above and this is what we are doing when we react to this incident, the news of which maybe far from what really happened or far from the real motive behind the incident.

3) The Islamic scholar has not done any blasphemy or kufr to have received such a cold shoulder from the apologetic Muslim organizations and to have been cornered and alienated from the Ummah. The scholar has given an opinion based on Islamic principles and those who think that Islam is a total-nonviolent religion lack the knowledge of both Islam and Islamic history. Islam would not be a practical religion if it believed in such an impractical philosophy of religions like buddhism. Islam does allow the use of violence when required and it has laid down strict principles of how to conduct warfare to curb aggression and eliminate oppression in the world.

4) I have quoted verses from His last revelation at the beginning of this article. If a Muslim really believes in the Quran and authentic Ahadith, do we not see that our land is one, our peace is one, our war is one and our trust is one? How do you expect a person claiming to be a Muslim to go and kill other Muslims anywhere in the world? Did any apologetic organization condemn the Muslims joining the various armies of kuffar or Muslim nations who are openly massacring thousands of Muslims every day? Why is it that the apologies and condemnation is so strong and united when a few kuffar soldiers are killed while we have a cold shoulder for thousands of innocent civilian Muslims are massacred on a daily basis?

5) Regarding the person who actually conducted this act of violence, did anyone confirm the motive behind this act? Did the person actually leave credible evidence about the reason to go to the extreme step of killing enemy soldiers (yes, enemy soldiers- if he believed that Muslims were one Ummah and our war is one too).

6) Why did the several Muslim organizations did not take this opportunity to point out to the kuffar that Muslims believe in one Ummah and it was really cruel of them to force the Muslim officer to be sent to kill other Muslims when he was trying to get out of the army since three years according to their own records. Would these apologetic Muslim scholars and organizations be so strong in condemning the actions of the same man if he had gone and killed the same number of Muslims in their lands?

7) Why hasn't any organization talked about the real and basic reasons for such an incident to happen? Which could be the US foreign policy and aggression in the Muslim world, the open looting and massacres and the concept of the Islamic Ummah and the bond of Islam which is stronger than the bond of blood, race or nationalism.

In the end, I believe... the kafir president was right... the Muslims have no choice but to take a side. We're either with them or we are Muslims. No matter how much they attempt to neutralize Islam and convert it into a philosophical, theoretical and ineffective system like Christianity or Hinduism; Islam is the truth and it will always be the driving force for Muslims all around the world.

And only an Islamic system established with Islamic principles of ruling and governance can provide a real solution to the dilemma faced by the Muslims worldwide. When our beliefs are at conflict with the systems we live in, our hearts cannot find tranquility nor can this further the cause for true Islamic dawah and the promotion of justice and truth in this world.